A discussion on MRCS Exam Eligibility

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MRCS Exam Preparation

Here posting a chat that I had with one of the aspirants. Some of it might be useful for budding surgeons who want to appear for MRCS.

Hi..I recently read your blog on MRCS exam preparation. I was wondering if you could help me with some information. I want to know the requirements and eligibility criteria for MRCS exam and how to go about it. I want to give the part A in September 2017. I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you!

You should hold a primary medical qualification that is accepted by the United Kingdom General Medical Council..

Ok and what else?

Thats it, then you have to register for MRCS part a exam and you ll have to send your degree documents verified by your professor/ consultant along with Forms provided.

You can choose to give exam with any of the Royal colleges of surgeons, each conducts a separate exam.

I have completed my MBBS from Russia and I have registered here in Maharashtra medical council..so you mean to say that I would require my degree to be verified by a professor from my university in Russia?
And is MRCS from any of the 4 Royal colleges of surgeons recognised by Medical council of India?

Whatever hospital you are working in, a senior surgeon can sign it with his hospital stamp

Ok…do I require a experience in surgery department???

No experience is required, but it is difficult to pass MRCS Part b without basic surgical experience. If I may ask, why do u want to get MRCS? You should be clear about its purpose.

I do have basic surgical experience….and MRCS is my dream…I want to pursue my career in surgery

With MRCS you cannot practice surgery in India..

Why not?

It is just a qualifying exam of royal college membership.
Sort of like Indian PG entrance or USMLE. After these exams you don’t gain any skills.

Yes…but after part B…we have to go through the training programme as well, right?
Like a residency programme

After part b once u have a MRCS degree, you are eligible to apply fot GMC Registration(Like MCI Registration).

MRCS is just one of the requirements to get a Clinical fellowship or a RMO/SHO job in the UK

Are you sure about this?

Yup
Check on GMC/ RCS websites
It is like our PG entrance exam

So why have you given this exam? Do you wish to work in the UK?

It gives me opportunity to apply for jobs/ fellowships in UK, New Zealand,  Australia.

But after pg entrance exam, we get to enter a residency programme, so in this case also it must be the same right?

A person wanting to be a surgeon would write MRCS, a person wanting to be Physician would write MRCP exam. Thats how it works in UK. Then based on your CV they select you for a job/ residency program/ fellowship.

Have you done your MS in India?

Yup, I am in my Final year going to pass out this year

Wow, great!
So you don’t want to work in India?
But MRCS of RCS is included in the schedule 2 and 3 of recognized foreign qualifications of MCI

But MRCS does not give u any surgical experience. How will you do surgery?
It may be valid for promotions and all, but definitely not for practice.
Its a backup option for me, in case I don’t get a MCh, I may try for a fellowship outside.

Ok…but I heard it is like a residency programme….after part B, there’s a 3 year training programme

Nops.Overall their surgical training is 6-8 years process… And their system is not like India..its more like the US. After GMC registration you have to apply for 1-2 year speciality training jobs in Surgery (depending on your previous surgical experience) and then 4 -5 years of sub speciality training jobs eg Urology, Vascular Surgery etc

So, after clearing MRCS part B, one can apply for fellowship programmes there in the UK?
Am I getting it right?

Yeah…precisely
Before that you ll have to give IELTS (for English) and Register for GMC (Like MCI registration)

That is after part B, right?

Yup

Is MS done from any other country valid? Or do they have specific countries only?I have done MS from Russia…am I eligible for MRCS? I mean, if I go for this exam, I can apply for fellowship?

You ll have check on GMC site if your college is listed there

Do I have to give IELTS for part A?

No…IELTS is a requirement for GMC registration

Ok..Thank you so much for your time.. Thanks a lot!

No issues, all the best! 😊😊

Thanks.. All the best to you too!!!👍👍👍

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Check out the links below for more information on MRCS Preparation:

HOW TO CRACK MRCS PART A AND THE BEST BOOKS FOR MRCS PART A PREPARATION
https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2016/04/how-to-crack-mrcs-part-and-best-books.html

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DOING MRCS
https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2017/07/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-MRCS.html

MRCS PART B PREPARATION FREE VIDEOS
https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2016/12/mrcs-part-b-preparation-free-videos.html

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MRCS EXAM PREPARATION
https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2016/10/frequently-asked-questions-for-mrcs.html

PASTEST VS EMRCS VS ONEEXAM FOR PREPARATION OF MRCS PART A EXAM
https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2017/01/pastest-vs-emrcs-vs-oneexam-for.html

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